Species Account for Sphecodes miniatus
Sphecodes miniatus von Hagens, 1882
a cuckoo bee
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Essex RDB: Listed
Threat: Essex Threatened
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Taxonomic group: bees and wasps (Aculeata) - County data
Essex Red Data List comment
cleptoparasite on some Lasioglossum spp.
The bee is a cleptoparasite of Lasioglossum mining bees, reported to be associated with L. nitidiusculum, a very rare bee in Essex. Confirmed records are confined to the southern half of England, with a strong easterly bias. It has strong preference for dry, sandy habitats such as heathland and disturbed ground. References